Most Wanted Virus

Lassa Fever- By Dait Miller


Discovered in1969, Lassa Fever has struck hundreds of thousands yearly. The agent of this virus is Lassa virus. The fever is also known as hemorrhagic fever.

Scientific Name- arenavirus

Transmission- rodents of the mastomys family transmit this virus

Symtoms- affects liver, blood, and spleen, causes hemorrhaging, and neurological problems

Location- originated and still mostly occurs in West Africa

Likely Victim- person of any age in West Africa

Treatment- an antiviral drug called Ribavirin, if given early in illness, it will cure the illness

Prevention- Stay out of contact with the West African rats